Definition of "erect" []

  • Being in a vertical, upright position: an erect lily stalk; an erect posture. (adjective)
  • Being in a stiff, rigid physiological condition. (adjective)
  • Archaic Wide-awake; alert. (adjective)
  • To construct by assembling: erect a skyscraper. (verb-transitive)
  • To raise to a rigid or upright condition. (verb-transitive)
  • Upright in posture or position; not bent or leaning (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (of an optical image) having the same orientation as the object; not inverted (adjective)
  • (of the penis, clitoris, or nipples) firm or rigid after swelling with blood, esp as a result of sexual excitement (adjective)
  • (of plant parts) growing vertically or at right angles to the parts from which they arise (adjective)
  • To put up; construct; build (verb)
  • To raise to an upright position; lift up (verb)
  • To found or form; set up (verb)
  • To become or cause to become firm or rigid by filling with blood (verb)
  • To hold up as an ideal; exalt (verb)
  • To change (an inverted image) to an upright position (verb)
  • To draw or construct (a line, figure, etc) on a given line or figure, esp at right angles to it (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "erect" in a sentence
  • "The former word also means _he will establish_, or _plant in an erect position_ -- from the verb [Hebrew] _Kūn, he stood erect_."
  • "She has walked and walked, in erect dignity – with a child on her back and a load on her head."
  • "From the wing came a high grinding noise; through her porthole she saw the flaps strain erect, exposing their valves, and the vast tapering wing, with its indifferent little aerial at the very tip and its aluminum segments stenciled with warnings to mechanics, seem to stand on end; the intricate stiff entity of it was heeling beyond any angle of possible recovery."